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EU welcomes ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, urges ‘political solution’

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference in Brussels, Monday, March 22, 2021 (Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference in Brussels, Monday, March 22, 2021 (Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)

The European Union welcomes the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and vows to increase efforts for a long-term “political solution” to resolve the crisis.

“The European Union welcomes the announced ceasefire bringing to an end the violence in and around Gaza. We commend Egypt, Qatar, United Nations, United States and others who have played a facilitating role in this,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says in a statement.

“We are appalled and regret the loss of life over these past 11 days. As the EU has consistently reiterated, the situation in the Gaza Strip has long been unsustainable.”

The statement insists that “only a political solution will bring sustainable peace and end once and for all the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

“Restoring a political horizon towards a two-state solution now remains of utmost importance. The EU is ready to fully support Israeli and Palestinian authorities in these efforts,” it says.

“The EU is renewing its engagement with key international partners, including the United States, and other partners in the region, as well as with the revitalized Middle East Quartet, to this end.”

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